Saint Paul boys knock off Santa Fe in lopsided victory

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

SPLHS 43
Santa Fe 20

In each teamís second I-70 Conference matchup of the season, the Saint Paul Lutheran High School Saints has no trouble taking down Santa Fe High School in their matchup, winning 43-20 over the Chiefs.

A stout defense posed problems for the Chiefs in the first half, as they would score only five points in the first quarter behind three points from senior Tanner Begemann and two from sophomore Hunter Ballenger. Wyatt Sims recorded their only points of the second quarter when the senior made a two-point field goal.

Junior Dominic Alicea knocked down two first quarter three-point field goals, while senior Elijah Muehler recorded five first-half points and sophomore Vlade Vrotenicic picked up four of his own before the break, carrying the Saints to a 17-7 halftime lead.

Freshman Parker Tieman (three points) was joined by Begemann and junior Alex Edwards (two points each) as Chiefs who tallied baskets in the third quarter, but it wasnít enough to keep up with Saint Paulís offensive output.

Vretenicic would chip in four more points in the third quarter, while Alicea knocked down another three. A pair of two-point baskets contributed to the Saints taking a 28-14 lead into the fourth quarter.

Alicea knocked down one more from outside before it was over, while seniors Muehler (four points), Micah Lemmons (five points), and Dobrivoj Andrejic (three points) helped put the game away, advancing to a 43-20 victory.

Alicea connected on four three-point field goals for a team-high 12 points. Muehler (three rebounds, steals, and assists each) put in 11 points of his own, while Vretencic (eight points, seven rebounds), Andrejic (seven points, six rebounds, four steals), and Lemmons (five points, five assists) also chipped in baskets.

Begemann led the way for the Chiefs with six points. Edwards finished with five points, while Tieman (four points), Wyatt Sims (three points), and Ballenger (two points) found net in the loss.

The Chiefs fell to 3-12 (0-2) with the loss. They will look to break a seven-game losing streak with a win in the Slater Tournament this week.

The Saints advanced to 14-1 (2-0) with the victory. They will try to stay perfect in I-70 Conference matchups when they take on Orrick High School and Concordia High School this week.

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